50 Greatest Soap Actors: #10 Charles Keating

NAME: Charles Keating
RANK: 10
SOAP ROLES: James Ritchfield, PORT CHARLES (2001-2003); Carl Hutchins, ANOTHER WORLD (1983-1985, 1991-1999); Niles Mason, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1989-1991); Damon Lazarre, ALL MY CHILDREN (1987-1988)

AWARDS:
1996 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1995 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Male Scene Stealer
1994 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1994 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Villain/Villainess
1993 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1993 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Villain/Villainess
1992 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1992 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Villain: Daytime
1986 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play ("Loot")

COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Roger Newcomb: I'm not sure how many actors could have taken a character as evil as Carl Hutchins and transformed him into a heroic figure right before our eyes they way Charles Keating did. He was remarkable and one of a kind.

Mala Bhattacharjee: Charles Keating brought the verve and flair of a theatre actor to Bay City. Watching Carl Hutchins both menace and charm the people around him was mesmerizing. I always felt like I was watching something Shakespearean whenever he was onscreen. I was in high school when he initially fell in love with Rachel, and that instantly became my favorite love story on the show because he made Carl's transformation from Rachel's tormentor to ardent pursuer so compelling."

5 comments:

  1. He was great in "Brideshead", well everyone was great in that.

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  2. This one surprised me ... not because I don't think he's worthy, but because he's very rarely been given his due. He was chilling as the evil Carl, which made it all the more amazing that I completely bought his love for Rachel in the later years.

    Here's hoping that his predecessor as Rachel's husband makes the top 5, (Personally, I'd put him at #1, but I think we all knew from the start who that slot is reserved for.)

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  3. So good to see Charles Keating landing in the top 10. I had hoped we would see both Mr. Keating and Douglass Watson in the top 10. As for eplin's comments, I am guessing he might be thinking of Anthony Geary. I would actually place Mr. Keating and Mr. Watson higher. Trying to figure out who will be # 1. David Canary is coming to mind. Would love to see Mr. Watson in the top 3.

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  4. PS - Following the wonderful tribute you ran with Robin Strasser remembering the late Constance Ford, any chance you could contact Victoria Wyndham for her comments several years removed on working with Charles Keating and Douglass Watson?

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  5. Charles Keating is just as charismatic & front-&-center talented as Douglass Watson! They both are excellent actors! :)

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